With week 4 in the books and most of the injury news being reported, we take a look at what happened and how it impacts each team moving forward.
-DE Chandler Jones tore his bicep tendon and is out for the season.
Breakdown: Chandler Jones is typically the Cardinals best pass rusher, but he wasn’t having his best season. The Cardinals have struggled to get after the quarterback thus far this season.
-DE Tak McKinley injured his groin and did not return.
Breakdown: McKinley has a shot at still playing week 6. He’s a part of a terrible Falcons defense.
-DE Yetur Gross-Matos had to leave the game with an ankle injury.
-DE Brian Burns suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: Both will certainly miss next game. It’s particularly common now for players who suffer a concussion to miss the next game, then return the week after that. Gross-Matos and Burns have been the best two pass rushers on a bad Panthers defense.
-LG James Daniels injured his pectoral early in the third quarter and did not return.
Breakdown: Daniels has been solid this season. The left side of the Bears line will take a hit if he cannot go.
-WR AJ Green injured his hamstring and could not return. He is expected to miss time.
-DT D.J. Reader injured his quad and is done for the season.
Breakdown: AJ Green has had a tough start to the year, but he’s still clearly one of the better receivers on the Bengals. DJ Reader is a run stuffing tackle. The Bengals already struggle against the run as is.
-QB Baker Mayfield suffered a rib injury/AC joint sprain. He was able to return. ProFootballDoc expects him to miss practice this week but still play against the Steelers next week.
-CB Greedy Williams was moved to IR.
Breakdown: Mayfield should play, but he’ll be less than 100% against a very good Steelers defense. Greedy Williams actually hasn’t played this year, but he was a projected starter entering the season.
-QB Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury. He’s out for the season, but should be good to week 1 of the 2021 season.
-DT Trysten Hill tore his ACL/MCL and is out for the season.
Breakdown: I’m sure by now everyone saw the Prescott injury. Andy Dalton will take over the rest of the way. It’s still a solid offense, but naturally Dalton isn’t the player Prescott is.
Trystel Hill is a member of the Cowboys defense. You are correct in assuming that he’s had a tough year.
-QB Drew Lock (shoulder) should return next week. He likely would have played week 6 if the game happened.
Breakdown: The Broncos had a defacto bye and get back a healthier version of their starting quarterback.
Green Bay Packers:
-WR DeVante Adams (hamstring) rested during the Packers week 6 bye and should be good to return next week.
Breakdown: Aaron Rodgers is playing so well the Packers hardly missed Adams, but let’s not understate the difference he makes.
-WR DJ Chark injured his ankle in the 4th quarter and did not return.
Breakdown: Without question, the Jaguars offense takes a hit if Chark can’t play next week.
Kansas City Chiefs:
-WR Sammy Watkins injured his hamstring and did not return. He is expected to miss time.
-LG Kelechi Osemele was carted off. He tore tendons in both knees and will be done for the season.
Breakdown: The Chiefs offense will be just fine without Watkins. Expect increase usage from Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman.
Mike Remmers will step in to replace Osemele, and I don’t think there’s much of a drop off there.
-RB Dalvin Cook suffered a groin strain. He will not play next Sunday, then the Vikings have a bye week 7. He should return after the bye.
Breakdown: Running backs don’t matter.
New England Patriots:
-QB Cam Newton (COVID-19) is expected to return next week.
Breakdown: If you saw how bad the Patriots offense was week 4 without Cam, you understand how huge this is.
New York Giants:
-DE Lorenzo Carter tore his ACL and is done for the season.
Breakdown: Carter was third on the team with 8 pressures. The Giants pass rush will remain poor.
New York Jets:
-WR Chris Hogan had a left high ankle sprain. He’ll likely end up on IR, coming back in the 4 – 6 week range.
Breakdown: Chris Hogan is not a great receiver, but the Jets don’t have much else.
-RT Lane Johnson had to leave the game due to a lingering ankle issue. He’s going for a second opinion, but since it’s been a consistent issue from him, he’s likely landing on IR and out at least 3 weeks.
-CB Darius Slay suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: The Eagles will now have 4 of 5 offensive line starters on IR. It went from projecting to be one of the better offensive lines to in big trouble.
Darius Slay is a fantastic corner, and the Eagles secondary will take a hit without him.
-WR Diontae Johnson hyper-extended his back, but is expected to be fine.
-RG David DeCastro left with an abdominal injury and did not return.
-C Maurkice Pouncey left the game due to a foot injury.
-DE TJ Watt jammed his shoulder, but should be fine.
Breakdown: The biggest news here is the offensive line, which already was without RT Zach Banner (ACL) and G Stefen Wisnewski (pectoral).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
-DT Vita Vea broke his ankle. He’s out for the season.
Breakdown: Vita Vea was a part of a very good Bucs defense. He was second on the team in pressures with 16 and also is solid against the run. William Gholston should get additional snaps without Vea, and he’s at least been solid in limited snaps.
Washington Football Team:
-QB Kyle Allen suffered a concussion and did not return. He is expected to play next week.
Breakdown: Aw, I wanted more Alex Smith.